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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • Lady Ghost basketball puts together win streak

  • The full stands at Illinois Valley Central got more than what they paid for Dec. 3 when the Lady Ghosts won a one-point game over Roanoke Benson.
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  • The full stands at Illinois Valley Central got more than what they paid for Dec. 3 when the Lady Ghosts won a one-point game over Roanoke Benson.
    "In that game we had to do a few adjustments and it was the first game we had Anna Parr back," coach Marc Lowe said. "We played well and she got used to playing in a game situation again."
    The teams started evenly matched, a theme for the evening, but Roanoke took an 11-10 advantage after the opening quarter.
    IVC came back strong in the second quarter when Sarah Lawson knocked down tough shots over talented defenders to help IVC lead at halftime, 27-26.
    Roanoke's defense awoke in the third quarter and held IVC to two points.
    Nothing the Ghosts could do for eight minutes seemed to work as Roanoke opened a 40-29 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
    Like a sleeping giant, IVC arose in the fourth quarter and knocked down shot after shot to claw their way back into the game.
    Roanoke kept sending in baskets, but it was not enough to keep IVC down.
    With 0:08 seconds left, Candis Rudolph's free throw broke a 51-51 tie and the Ghost defense clamped down to win, 52-51.
    "For this group I think this was big," Lowe said. "They know they can finish a game. All our games have been close but now they know they can finish."
    During the game, IVC shot 33 free throws and Parr scored 13 points.
    The team then crushed Abingdon, 48-30, at home Thursday.
    "They didn't have very many kids but we went into that game focusing on our gameplan," Lowe said. "We got to play all our kids and all the kids gave us quality minutes. That was their first back-to-back wins since January 2011."
    IVC took a 5-3 lead early in the game when Lawson sank a three pointer and, by the end of the quarter, the team was up 17-7.
    The Ghosts, clearly the better team in the first quarter, began to pad their lead for halftime and held the Commandos to four points in the second quarter and went up, 30-11.
    After halftime, the Lady Ghosts did not let up and cruised to a win behind Brooke Rudolph and Hallie Shirley, who both led the team with 10 points each.
    "I think now they see that the work they put in in practice is starting to pay off," Lowe said. "I tell them the day before a game is very important because how you practice a day before a game is usually how you play in a game. They really come in focused the day before the game."
    The team next plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Ottawa on Military Night, where current and former veterans will be honored.
    Page 2 of 2 - The team will host Alumni Night at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Flanagan.
    "We need to just stick to our gameplan," Lowe said. "We, of course, have to cut down turnovers. This week I'm going to talk to them about how to focus and finish. We are going to work on finishing plays and improving that aspect of our game."
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